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Impending US Lawsuit Over Fracking Quakes

As the number of “seismic events” keeps dramatically increasing, it is not surprising to hear that the EPA is threatened with an impending US lawsuit over fracking quakes.

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By James Ayre

Presumably, most of you reading this have heard something before about the huge spike in earthquakes throughout many regions where fracking (hydraulic fracturing, as a means of oil/gas extraction) has been used extensively.

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BC’s 4.6m Fracking Quake

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The recent  earthquake near Wonowon is the largest of over 500 seismic events, in northeastern BC, believed to be caused by hydraulic fracturing. It may be remembered as BC’s 4.6m fracking quake.
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Californian Frackers Use 197 unique Chemicals

A new report disclosed the state’s oil companies have used carcinogens & chemicals causing reproductive harm. Californian Frackers Use 197 unique Chemicals.

Originally Published on Indybay.org & Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

For the past several years, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), and other oil industry representatives have claimed that fracking is “safe” and causes no environmental harm.

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Those Fracking Quakes Keep Getting Bigger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Prior to 2013, there was one measurable quake a year at Fox Creek, Alberta. Then Chevron, Shell, Exxon and other major players started fracking in the surrounding hills. There has been 160 “small” quakes since then. After the first 4.4 quake this year, the Alberta Energy Regulator laid out a “traffic light system” whereby they are to be informed of any 2.0 quakes and when quakes are 4.0 or stronger companies are to cease operations. Fox Creek experienced another 4.4, which was felt 130 miles to the east in Edmonton, on June 13. Those Fracking quakes keep getting bigger.

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Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

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UK Government To Make Full Disclosure

Following the release of a highly censored report on fracking impacts,  a public watchdog told the UK Government to Make Full Disclosure.

Originally Published on Click Green

The UK’s transparency watchdog has ruled Ministers must publish the full version of a heavily redacted report into the impacts of fracking following a year-long transparency campaign by Greenpeace UK.

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Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?

The ECOreport reposts: Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?

Originally Published on the Tyee

By Andrew Nikiforuk

Hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to crack open difficult oil and gas formations, appears to have set off a swarm of earthquakes near Fox Creek, Alberta, including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week.

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Two Perspectives on Fracking (Podcast)

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM Audio from Wed, Sept 9, 12:00 – 12:30 am. “Two Perspectives on Fracking” Interviews with Dr Allan Hoffman, formerly a senior executive with the DOE, and Eoin Madden of the Wilderness Committee. Continue reading Two Perspectives on Fracking (Podcast)

Fracking’s threat to Water Quality

A Review of the report “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Framing the Water Issue”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMDr Allan Hoffman recently compared the fracking boom to the market for illegal drugs. Regardless of the problems, there is simply too much money to be made. He expects the boom to continue for several decades. Together with Professor EM Gustav Olsson, of Lund University, and Andreas Lindström, of Stockholm International Water Institute, Hoffman has just written a report entitled, “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Framing the Water Issue.” As the title suggests, the focus is fracking’s threat to water quality.

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Christy Clark’s LNG Conference Shadowed By BC’s Opposition

By Roy L Hales Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1

There were two LNG conferences this week. BC’s Premier, Christy Clark, brought several of her key ministers to a three day event at Vancouver’s Convention Centre May 21-23. Sixteen First nation’s companies were among the 200 exhibitors. There were 1,400 delegates from the World’s top LNG producers. Shell, Chevron and Malaysia’s state owned Petronas were all present. This was a sold out business event. Christy Clark’s LNG Conference was shadowed by BC’s opposition, some of whom held their own conference at SFU’s Harbour Centre. Continue reading Christy Clark’s LNG Conference Shadowed By BC’s Opposition